Log in
Forgot password ?
Become a member for free
Sign up
Sign up
Dynamic quotes 

4-Traders Homepage  >  Equities  >  London Stock Exchange  >  BT Group    BT.A   GB0030913577

Mes dernières consult.
Most popular
News SummaryMost relevantAll newsSector newsTweets

BT : accused of ignoring needs of rural areas

share with twitter share with LinkedIn share with facebook
share via e-mail
11/10/2017 | 06:44pm CET

communications company BT has been accused of ignoring the needs of customers in more rural areas.

Retired farmer Fraser Skinner, who lives at Easter Kinkell in the Black Isle, received a promotional call from BT offering him a reduction on the cost of his landline.

But the cut was only available to broadband customers and BT could not provide him with a broadband service, he said.

Mr Skinner accused the company of operating a "two-tier" system and only wanting the lucrative business, ignoring more rural areas.

He said: "If they've got this money to offer people discounts, they've got money in the pot to provide a service to areas where there isn't one at present."

bt hit back, saying it was continuing to bring fibre broadband to rural communities around Scotland, though it admitted there were problems "in individual cases".

Ferintosh Community Council chairman Colin Lawrence said: "It's clear that BT has been prioritising the more densely populated areas for its broadband rollout.

"This is evidenced by the fact that there are now fibre broadband cabinets in Muir of Ord, Conon Bridge and Culbokie, but not in the less densely populated locations.

"At a recent meeting with BT I raised the issue of it offering services it can't deliver.

"I was told that this shouldn't happen because BT was able to identify its potential service level by reference to individual phone lines.

"I pointed out that, be that as it may, BT was still offering its customers services it can't provide.

"It seems to me that BT is either unable or unwilling to form an effective link between its technical and sales teams."

A BT group spokeswoman denied the company was ignoring rural areas.

She said: "BT offers broadband services to households and businesses right across Scotland.

"All of our mainland exchanges are upgraded for ADSL broadband, with the rollout of high-speed fibre services ongoing, and about 2.2 million premises are now able to order these new, faster services.

"Openreach is also continuing to bring fibre broadband to rural communities around Scotland as part of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband rollout with the public sector.

"This has now reached more than 800,000 properties across the country, with latest upgrades in places such as Lairg, Melvich, Birsay, Gairloch and Ollaberry."

She said BT Group had invested £126 million in the Digital Scotland rollout.

She said: "No other company is doing as much to provide broadband to rural parts of Scotland.

"In some individual cases there may be technical issues affecting the provision of a stable broadband service, such as the distance of the property from the existing telecommunications infrastructure, and we'll look to investigate this case further."

* What's your view? Email us at [email protected]

© Copyright 2017 Scottish Provincial Press Ltd., All rights reserved., source Newspapers

share with twitter share with LinkedIn share with facebook
share via e-mail
Latest news on BT GROUP
11/21 BT : and Huawei announce five year collaboration with Cambridge
11/21 Death and the discount rate - UK companies weigh pensions tweaks
11/18 BT : Huawei to Base Pounds25 Million R&D Group at University of Cambridge
11/18 BT : to invest 20m in Northern Ireland broadband rollout
11/17 BT : and Huawei team up in five-year project
11/17 Factbox - A look at troubled British builder Carillion
11/16 BT : Invests further â£20 million in ultrafast broadband rollout in northern ire..
11/15 British stocks down 0.56 pct Wednesday
11/10 BT : accused of ignoring needs of rural areas
11/07 BT : Gavin Patterson, Chief Executive of BT Group, Presses for Certainty Over Br..
More news
News from SeekingAlpha
11/20 IMF NOVEMBER BUYS : The 15 Stocks Added To My Fund
11/10 DDR Corp. & Game Stop Net Top Challenger Dog Gains For November 2018
11/02 BT Group's (BT) CEO Gavin Patterson on Q2 2018 Results - Earnings Call Transc..
11/02 BT Group -4.1% as services business drags
11/02 BT Group reports Q2 results
Financials ( GBP)
Sales 2018 24 001 M
EBIT 2018 3 886 M
Net income 2018 2 177 M
Debt 2018 9 464 M
Yield 2018 6,43%
P/E ratio 2018 10,81
P/E ratio 2019 9,46
EV / Sales 2018 1,41x
EV / Sales 2019 1,40x
Capitalization 24 348 M
Duration : Period :
BT Group Technical Analysis Chart | BT.A | GB0030913577 | 4-Traders
Technical analysis trends BT GROUP
Short TermMid-TermLong Term
Income Statement Evolution
Mean consensus HOLD
Number of Analysts 24
Average target price 3,33  GBP
Spread / Average Target 36%
EPS Revisions
Gavin E. Patterson Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director
Jan Petrus du Plessis Chairman
Howard Watson Chief Executive Officer-Technology & Operations
Simon Jonathan Lowth Group Chief Financial Officer & Executive Officer
Anthony F. E. Ball Independent Non-Executive Director
Sector and Competitors
1st jan.Capitalization (M$)
BT GROUP-33.12%32 285
TELEFONICA-3.27%51 969